Events

  1. SMGS Elite Snowsports Academy Ski

    2018 Elite Snowsports Academy Applications Close

    31 January @ 3:59 pm - 4:00 pm AEDT
  2. 2018 ACER Scholarship Entry Exam

    24 February @ 8:45 am - 12:00 pm AEDT

News

  • Tender for Catering Services

    Snowy Mountains Grammar School invites tenders from local and regional caterers for the provision of Catering Services to the school and boarding house at its campus in Jindabyne
  • L’Etape Australia visits SMGS

    Thank you to Isabelle from L’Étape Australia by Le Tour de France who came to SMGS today to speak to our students about the history, culture and impact of Tour de France and L’Etape Australia. Our primary students kept Isabelle on her toes with some great questions about the event! We are looking forward to cheering on […]
  • Year 7/8 Debate Team on to Semi-Finals

      Last week our Year 7/8 debate team won round 3 (Quarter-Finals) of the NGS Super National Virtual Debating Competition against The Lakes College, QLD today. The topic of the debate is “That Science Fiction is the best fiction.” In this round, SMGS will debate on the affirmative – ” That Science Fiction is the […]
  • Term 4 Arts Events

    On Thursday 2nd November, the Junior School students will showcase music, art and other class work at the annual ‘Cre8ive Session – Junior’.  This has formerly been known as ‘VAV’.  The evening will commence at 5pm and will feature a musical performance from each Junior School class as well as solo and duet performances from […]

Approach to Learning

//Approach to Learning

“National and international evidence (shows) that a teacher’s effectiveness has a powerful impact on students, with broad consensus that teacher quality is the single most important in-school factor influencing student achievement. Effective teachers can be a source of inspiration and, equally importantly, provide a dependable and consistent influence on young people as they make choices about further education, work and life.”

(Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, 2011)

At Snowy Mountains Grammar School, we inspire students every day in and out of the classroom. Our teachers are passionate professionals who care about every child.

In the Junior School we educate the whole child – intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially. Every child has their own unique talents and we provide a caring, safe and supportive environment with many opportunities to develop their sense of self throughout their educational journey.

Our teaching approach stems from our Teaching and Learning Framework, based on the current Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, and also fuses the practical instructional elements of The Art and Science of Teaching developed by world-renowned educational expert, Robert Marzano PhD, author of more than 30 books on highly effective classroom teaching and student learning.

The approach to learning in our Junior School:

  • uses evidence-based instructional design methodologies and pedagogies
  • is rigorous, challenging, relevant for the 21st century, engaging and enjoyable
  • promotes high standards of literacy and numeracy as fundamental
  • includes a balanced curriculum which also includes art, science, PE, language, music, social sciences and more, with specialist teachers in some areas
  • involves contemporary practice, blending technology into lesson design
  • considers a personalised and differentiated learning experience because we recognise students learn differently
  • offers learning support and learning extension
  • uses internal and external assessment data to further inform teachers about our curriculum design as well as adjust delivery of concepts in the classroom
  • at all times promotes high levels of respect among and to all members of the classroom and school community, where each child is valued
  • enables very high levels of participation, opportunities and recognition in a wide range of curriculum and co-curricular events, owing to our smaller classes and school community
  • has excellent modern, spacious, well-equipped classrooms.
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Recent posts from the Junior School

Calming the first day of school jitters – 5 tips

By | January 15th, 2018|Categories: Junior School, Let's Explore|

In the Snowy Monaro region, the commencement of the 2018 school year is fast approaching. The students embarking on their formal schooling journey this year will be the graduating class of 2030! It’s exciting to think how the next thirteen years will help shape our region’s youngest citizens and what careers and pathways they will choose to explore.

PIPS testing – a valuable addition to the SMGS Junior School data capture tool-kit

By | December 14th, 2017|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Let's Explore|

SMGS was very excited to be able to share with Kindergarten families the results that were received from external diagnostic testing that was conducted by the University of Western Australia at the end of the [...]

SMGS Alumni Engagement and Relations Program Set in Motion

By | December 7th, 2017|Categories: Academic, Alumni, Boarding, Co-Curricular, Junior School, Principal, Senior School, Uncategorised|

Jindabyne, NSW (8 December 2017) – Snowy Mountains Grammar School announces launch of SMGS Alumni, its Alumni Engagement and Relations Program. Over the past twenty-one years, SMGS has worked diligently to bring our school’s founders’ [...]